Carey: People will always find something to complain about
Chase Carey has commented on the current situation surrounding various race organisers being unhappy at the current direction of the sport led by Liberty Media, and although he thinks the amount of criticism has been "strange", he also claimed that some people will always find at least one thing to complain about.
The Formula One Promoters' Association, a collection of representatives from 16 Grand Prix locations, released a statement of concerns which included payment disputes, a lack of understanding of new initiatives, as well as the introduction of new venues which could potentially harm the status or current venues.
Carey, who was speaking at the announcement of Azerbaijan's extended GP contract, said in the recent meeting with the FOPA that things went positively, but there was always going to some complaints made.
"I think, realistically, if you get 21 in a room you are bound to find a couple who have something to complain about," he told ESPN.
"In all honestly, I thought the meeting [with race promoters] was incredibly positive. I thought there was tremendous support from the vast majority and they have a great appreciation for what we are doing.
"The fact that a few of them wanted to find something to complain about, that's life. It's not going to change what we are doing, and by a large majority the promoters have been supportive and are excited about what we are doing.
"They believe the sport, for them and in general, is in a much better place than it was a few years ago and is going in the right direction, and we have got a list of places we can't accommodate [on the calendar] that we would like to add to the sport.
"It's part of life, you are going to find a bunch of people who have something to complain about and are going to make noise. We will go forward and do what we are doing, which I think we feel good about."
Carey revealed that he directly mentioned the aforementioned complaints (payment disputes, a lack of understanding of new initiatives, as well as the introduction of new venues which could potentially harm the status or current venues) within the meeting, but none of the promoters spoke up, which he found odd.
"I addressed all three [concerns at the promoters' conference], but realistically no-one brought any of them up -- they just put it out in a press release, which was a little strange," the American continued.
"I thought that was the strangest [part] because they put it out the night before [we were due to meet with them], so we already had a day set up to talk about initiatives and they -- well, only a couple of guys -- put out a press release saying we need to talk about initiatives. That was the strangest part."
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